I honestly find it surprising that the Houston Astros still have first baseman Brett Wallace on their roster. He has been given more chances than most to prove that he’s an MLB-quality first baseman, and in most regards, he’s failed.
Wallace is 27 now. He lost his prospect status several years ago. Despite numerous stints where he found himself back in Triple-A, all that was learned of him is that he’s a really good Triple-A hitter. In 1,766 minor league at-bats, he’s hit .309 with 74 home runs, 278 RBIs and a strikeout rate of once every four at-bats.
But it never translates to the next level.
Wallace’s MLB numbers just aren’t good enough. In 971 major league at-bats he’s put together a .242 average with 29 home runs and 102 RBIs. Those stats, plus his strikeout rate of once every three at-bats, just aren’t enough to keep putting him on the team. He’s made numerous changes in the hopes of finally making the adjustment to major league hitting, but nothing has worked out.
Now, with Jonathan Singleton ready and waiting to prove that he’s the first baseman the Astros have been waiting for, Spring Training has to be the last chance for Wallace. No one expects a team to get it right on every prospect they acquire, so it wouldn’t be the end of the world to chalk up Wallace as a loss.
However, it wouldn’t be inadvisable to keep Wallace on the Triple-A Oklahoma City Redhawks. He’s a dominant hitter down there, and Triple-A championships are still nice to have.
It’s a shame that Wallace really hasn’t worked out thus far. He’s had the opportunity, and he’s had brief glimpses of excellence, but his time is running out.